It was the sacredly-quiet atmosphere of the Good Library that provided Ted Maust with the image for his woodcut relief print titled “Food for Thought.”
Maust, a sophomore, was assigned in his Printmaking class to discover a “sacred” place and capture it from an unusual point of view.
“I went [to the library] to see what I could see,” said Maust, “and was caught by the view of books through the spaces between other shelves. So I made a quick sketch of the books’ outlines.”
Maust then transferred the image to a woodblock and developed the black and white areas as it was carved. The versatility of the medium allowed him to modify the image at each stage of carving until he was content with the outcome.
“I like the graphic quality of relief printing in black and white because it forces the artist to develop shapes rather than just lines,” said Maust.